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Athens, Delphi & The Peloponnese

6 Apr — 16 Apr 2020 | Tour Director: Andrew Wilson

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Andrew Wilson,

BA, BD, FSAScot

specialist in archaeology and ancient history

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Heathrow 0855, arriving Athens 1435. Transfer to Hotel Herodion for two nights. Welcome and introductory talk.

Day

2

Whole day on foot visiting the Acropolis: Propylaia, Parthenon and Erechtheion. Afternoon: visits to the Agora and Acropolis Museum (Parthenon sculptures, Peplos Kore and caryatids). Evening talk: Athenian Religion.

Day

3

Morning: National Archaeological Museum. Depart for Nafplion visiting ancient Corinth (forum, Temple of Apollo, Archaeological Museum, South Stoa) en route. Transfer to Hotel Amalia, Nafplion, for three nights. Evening talk: Greek Theatre.

Day

4

Epidaurus (theatre with its remarkable acoustics, sanctuary of Asklepios). Return to Nafplion for short walking tour of the town followed by visit to Palamidi fortress (time permitting). Evening talk: Homer and the Mycenaean Age.

Day

5

Visit to Tiryns (Mycenaean fortress with cyclopean walls) followed by Argos (agora, bath complex, theatre). Continue to ancient Mycenae: Treasury of Atreus (beehive tomb), Lion Gate, grave circle, palace megaron and museum. Evening talk: The Byzantine Church.

Day

6

Mystras: Palace of Despots, beautifully situated churches with 14th and 15th century frescoes. Continue to Pylos for two nights at Hotel Philip. Evening talk: Navarino Bay.

Day

7

Nestor’s Palace at Pylos and Ottoman Neokastro fortress (dramatic views over Navarino Bay). Free afternoon in Pylos.

Day

8

Messini (magnificent circuit of 4th century BC walls, sanctuary of Asklepios and stadium) then continue to Olympia for two nights at Hotel Olympion Asty. Evening talk: The Olympic Games.

Day

9

Ancient Olympia (home of the Olympic Games): palaestra, Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera, stadium, Archaeological Museum of Olympia. Some free time. Evening talk: The Oracle at Delphi.

Day

10

Via Rio-Antirrio bridge to Delphi. Medieval port of Nafpaktos (Lepanto) and visits in Delphi: temples of Athena and Apollo, gymnasium, theatre and Archaeological Museum of Delphi. Overnight stay at Hotel Amalia Delphi.

Day

11

Further visits in Delphi (time permitting). Depart Athens 1830, arriving Heathrow 2035.

Tour Dates

6 Apr — 16 Apr 2020

Days

11

Cost

£2745

Tour Code

PELO-20

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Testimonial

This tour was so much more than I expected. The ACE tour staff was exemplary providing intellectual stimulation while making sure we were all accounted for.


FLIGHTS

For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of:

£170.00

Cost of £2745 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £465.

Flight reduction: £225

 
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